|Barked: Tue Jan 8, '13 12:15pm PST |
|I am so sorry to let you know that Laika has passed away, Dec 29th. The ulcers/lesions on her belly became too painful for her. It has been a very hard couple of weeks without her but I am glad I had the time I did with her even after her diagnoses.
She was diagnosed in October of 2011 though she had the lesions for a couple of months before that, in the beginning of the summer. Originally the vet suggested a skin infection (she did have a staph infection), food allergies or an immune issue. We tested her for an immune issue (she ended up having thyroid issues) and treated her on antibiotics and thryoid medication but after two weeks I brought her back since her skin did not seem to get better. After trying her on different food I brought her in for a skin biopsy (which my vet recommended from the get go). And that is when we got the news. Over the year and a bit that she was undergoing treatment we did Loumistine once a month as well as daily prednisone (the amounts of this fluctuated as she needed). We also tried Accutane (used by humans for acne) however after two doses (she was supposed to have it every 24 hours) she was so sick that I didn't proceed any further with that. We kept her on the predisone the whole time despite the fact that long term use is not recommended. She just did much better on the prednisone than off (we did try to wean her and more lesion popped up quickly). At the time I said to the vet "what is the lesser of two evils?"
For 95% of the time she had cancer she did great, other than her skin you would never know. However she developed pancreatitis twice and the second time she did she was very sick. During that time the cancer took hold and she was never able to fully recover.
I will check back here from time to time just to see if you have any other questions. All the best to you.
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